During world war i there were four distinct british armies the first comprised approximately 247000 soldiers of the regular army over half of which were posted overseas to garrison the british empire supported by some 210000 reserves and a potential 60000 additional reserves. Main article primary sources 1 oliver lyttelton from peace to war 1968 when sir douglas haig succeeded to the command of the british expeditionary force a much more professional outlook was apparent. This is a major new history of the british army during the great war written by three leading military historians ian beckett timothy bowman and mark connelly survey operations on the western front and throughout the rest of the world as well as the armys social history pre war and wartime planning and strategy the maintenance of . Join jonathan boff for a talk on the final stages of the first world war presented by the society for army historical research dr jonathan boff will discuss the transformation undergone by the british army during the first world war and the role this played in the defeat of germany
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